What Can You Do?
On the Go
- Drive as little as possible. Carpool, plan a bus or light rail ride at ValleyMetro.org or telecommute.
- Avoid idling your vehicle and refuel after dark.
- Drive slowly on unpaved roads, avoid driving in the dirt.
- Report ATVs or other off-highway vehicles in washes or future Town park sites to the Town Park Ranger's hotline at 480-358-3770. Report ATVs or other off-highway vehicles on private property or unpaved roads to MCSO at 602-876-1011.
- Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
- Maintain your landscape. Cover loose dirt with vegetation or gravel.
- Seal containers of household cleaners, workshop chemicals and solvents and garden chemicals to prevent gases from evaporating into the air.
- Consider using gas instead of wood. If you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace, make sure it meets EPA design specifications and burn only dry, seasoned wood.
The Town of Queen Creek has taken an active an ongoing role in the reduction of PM-10 particulate matter (dust), and has specifically addressed this issue by proclaiming the first week of June as “Dust Awareness Week”.
In addition, Queen Creek has committed to the following:
- Establish an online form for reporting air quality concerns
- Modify right-of-way encroachment and onsite building permits to include a reminder of dust control requirements
- Monitor off-road vehicle activity and gather data to determine problem areas and enforcement measures
- Clean Town-owned streets with PM-10 certified street sweepers
- Stabilize unpaved public parking lots and drive approaches
- Stabilize unpaved shoulders in the Town with a dust control suppressant
- Continue to require paving of all public roads in the Town’s jurisdiction and to enforce current Zoning Ordinances and building permit requirements related to dust control
According to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Queen Creek’s list of commitments to MAG for inclusion in its 5 percent reduction plan addressing regional dust pollution is helping the region stay in compliance.
“We have a major air quality problem to solve, and we were pleased with the measures that were provided, which represent a significant commitment for one of the region’s smaller communities,” said MAG’s Environmental Director, Lindy Bauer. “We are encouraged by the quality commitment from Queen Creek to address our regional air quality problem.”